Phase 1 dose-escalation study of the PARP inhibitor CEP-9722 as monotherapy or in combination with temozolomide in patients with solid tumors

Cancer Chemother Pharmacol. 2014 Aug;74(2):257-65. doi: 10.1007/s00280-014-2486-9. Epub 2014 Jun 1.


Purpose: Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 (PARP-1) is a nuclear enzyme important in DNA repair. PARP-1 activation at points of DNA strand break results in poly(ADP-ribose) polymer formation, opening the DNA structure, and allowing access of other repair enzymes. CEP-9722 inhibits PARP-1 and PARP-2 and is designed to potentiate DNA-damaging chemotherapies.

Methods: This dose-escalating phase 1 study assessed the safety, maximum tolerated dose (MTD), and pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics of CEP-9722 plus temozolomide in adults with solid tumors. Tumor response was also assessed. Participants received a 14-day cycle of CEP-9722 (days 1 and 3-5 or days 1-5), followed by 28-day cycles of CEP-9722 plus temozolomide 150 mg/m(2) on days 1-5. The initial CEP-9722 dose (cohort 1) was 150 mg/day; dose escalation followed a modified Fibonnaci sequence.

Results: Twenty-six patients received CEP-9722 150-1,000 mg/day combined with temozolomide. Dose-limiting toxicities of asthenia and persistent weight loss at 1,000 mg/day resulted in 750 mg/day being defined as the MTD and recommended dose for further study. Overall, 24 (92 %) patients had treatment-related adverse events (TRAEs), mostly grade 1 or 2, with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea having the strongest relation to CEP-9722. Four patients had grade 3 TRAEs (asthenia, myositis, diarrhea, and fatigue). Systemic exposure generally increased with dosage, with high inter- and intra-patient variability at all doses. Pharmacodynamic assessment confirmed PARP inhibition although no dose response was apparent. One patient with melanoma achieved a partial response (1,000 mg/day).

Conclusions: CEP-9722 was adequately tolerated with temozolomide; the MTD was 750 mg/day. Only limited clinical activity was observed.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial, Phase I
  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating / pharmacokinetics
  • Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating / therapeutic use*
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols
  • Carbazoles / chemistry
  • Dacarbazine / analogs & derivatives*
  • Dacarbazine / pharmacokinetics
  • Dacarbazine / therapeutic use
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Maximum Tolerated Dose
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Phthalimides / chemistry
  • Poly(ADP-ribose) Polymerase Inhibitors*
  • Prodrugs / pharmacokinetics
  • Prodrugs / therapeutic use*
  • Prognosis
  • Temozolomide
  • Tissue Distribution
  • Young Adult


  • Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating
  • CEP 8983
  • Carbazoles
  • Phthalimides
  • Poly(ADP-ribose) Polymerase Inhibitors
  • Prodrugs
  • Dacarbazine
  • Temozolomide